Over the years, your teeth can become dingy or yellowed due to the pigments in the foods and drinks that you consume every day. Fortunately, these stains can be lifted away with professional teeth whitening. Advanced Dentistry of Scarsdale is happy to offer a variety of whitening methods meant to cater to patients with even the busiest schedules. Here is a brief explanation of different teeth whitening methods offered by our clinicians.
The Risks of DIY Whitening Kits
Available in grocery stores and beauty boutiques alike, DIY whitening kits are a popular option for anyone looking to whiten their teeth in a hurry. Unfortunately, you often get what you pay for, and dental bleaching is no different. Many DIY whitening kits aren’t endorsed or approved by the American Dental Association, and some may even be damaging to your teeth. Overwhitening can cause your teeth to grey, and poorly fitted bleaching trays can allow the whitening solution to irritate your gums, which is why we recommend that you go to a professional for your teeth whitening needs.
Professional, In-Office Teeth Whitening
In-office whitening involves having one of our professional dental hygienists carefully apply a whitening agent to your teeth and a protective gel to your gums. This careful application ensures that the bleach can whiten your teeth evenly, so that you don’t have to worry about white splotches or an uncomfortable result. If you have opted for ZOOM!® whitening, a special UV light will be placed near your mouth to activate the gel. This treatment can whiten your teeth as much as 10 shades in a single visit. After your treatment is over, our clinicians can apply a desensitizing gel to keep your teeth comfortable.
Take-Home Whitening Trays
When you make an appointment with your Westchester cosmetic dentist for dental bleaching, we’ll start by taking careful impressions of your teeth and palate. These impressions are used to create personalized whitening trays that will fit your teeth perfectly, improving your comfort and results. After the trays have been created, your Westchester cosmetic dentist will check the fit and then show you how to use them at home.
It is crucial to follow our clinician’s instructions to the letter of the law when it comes to your dental bleaching, since bleaching too often or for too long could lead to dental sensitivity. However, if you follow the directions, you’ll enjoy a whiter, brighter smile before you know it. Contact us to make an appointment today!